The content of the work derived largely from talks I had around that time with a close friend who had recently experienced a tragic loss. Although the work itself is much less grave, and does not pretend to comprehend or describe what he went through, it was my own response to his intense experience of remembering, forgetting and dreaming. It is really only in retrospect that I realize how much this work was drawn from that experience, and in belated acknowledgement of that fact, I dedicate this work to Mark, and to Julie's memory.
Rokeby's "Liquid Language" is similar, but instead of keeping the armature of the poem intact, the phrases fade out and new ones materialize out of the electronic ether, so that while the after-image of the words that have evaporated lingers, the sentence has already become something else. It's a haunting experience in which the medium really is the message - the subject is the fluidity of memory.Download a copy of Liquid Language (105 K)
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"ArtWare: Artist's BookWorks", A Space, Toronto, Canada.
The Classic II Exhibition, Electrohype-ROM, Malmo, Sweden
ElectroHype 2010, Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystads, Sweden
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